There are 5000 public use airports in the USA. On average people are a 30 minute drive fro one of those airports. The Terrafugia transition will be to takeoff from one of those airports. The flying car will cost $279,000. It uses premium gasoline and not jet fuel. They have been flying the vehicles but have had issues getting the regulators to certify them.
Originally planned for a 2011 delivery. The latest delivery date estimate is 2016.
The next flying car will be the TF-X Development of the TF-X is expected to last 8-12 years.
TF-X will be a fixed wing street-legal aircraft with electric ground drive and electric power assist on takeoff and landing.
Prior to departure, the operator selects a primary target landing zone and backup landing zones. If the TF-X
TF-X will carry four people in car-like comfort.
TF-X will have a non-stop flight range of at least 500 miles.
TF-X will fit into a standard construction single car garage.
TF-X will be able to takeoff vertically from a level clearing of at least 100ft in diameter.
TF-X will be able to drive on roads and highways – providing true door-to-door convenience and an automotive level of weather insensitivity.
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